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ELEPHANTA CAVES

Some of the greatest masterpieces of Indian sculpture are located within the 6th-century AD Elephanta Caves. Chiselled into a rocky cliff on an island off Mumbai’s eastern shore, these cave temples are dedicated primarily to Lord Shiva. Originally called Gharapuri, or “City of Caves”, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was renamed Elefante (later morphed to its current name) by the Portuguese after a huge stone elephant that once stood here.

Elephanta Caves

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9 km (6 miles) NE ...

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